Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: North Conway, NH
Clutch slipping or bad mechanics?
So, I would like to start this off by saying that I am by no stretch a "car guy". As long as you don't tell me its the "Flux Capacitor" or "shaft bearings" or something like that, I pretty much will take your word for it..
I've been having some issues with my Jeep when I pull out, so I took it to the shop. The problem is, when I pull out, from not moving (vs a rolling stop) it feels like the back end is jumping. On a rolling stop, it does not happen. The best I can describe it is, if you pull out, and spin the tires, sometimes they jump. That is what it feels like. Its only when I pull out, and never when changing gears (I have a manual transmission). When I pull out on ice or snow, it doesn't do it as bad. If I pull out super slow and carefully, it doesn't do it. On 2 different occasions, when driving over some chewed up railroad tracks, I must have been coasting just right, and it popped out of 4th gear.
Ok, so that is the issue
Took it to a Jeep dealer to look at it (they do all my work), and they went through and found that the distributor cap was broken and figured it was rattling around and that was the problem. They replaced it. When I picked up the Jeep, it did the same exact thing (maybe to a lesser extent) when I pulled out (although the Jeep did have more pep). CRAP. So, took it back the next day, told them the same thing, they looked at it again. This time, they said they felt it, they didn't previously, and said it was the clutch slipping and going bad. They thought I could run it like that for the rest of the winter and be fine.
I have had clutches go on cars before, and it didn't feel like this. The previous car that lost its clutch, you could just feel it slipping out of gear when going up hill or something like that.
So, what are the thoughts? Think this could be a clutch slippage or should I take it elsewhere and have a different mechanic take a look at it? If it matters, I have 125K miles on my 2001 Wrangler SE...
Thanks in advance.